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Constable house for sale

A house once lived in by England’s finest landscape painter, John Constable, is for sale.

Built in 1740, Hylands House in Epsom, Surrey was once owned by Constable’s aunt and uncle, Mary and James Gubbins. Constable visited the place regularly and lived there from 1809 to 1811, following his first exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1802 and the British Institute in 1809.

Constable’s work from that period includes View at Epsom (1809), part of the Tate collection.

This historically important house has three bedrooms in the main part of the building, with part sectioned off into four self-contained flats and a separate guest cottage that formerly housed the servants.

Hylands is also thought to have been the home of at least two London mayors during its 260-year history.

The current owners have lived there for five years, having admired the house for some time, managing to buy it from a friend who had resided there for a quarter of a century.

Constable’s old house is on the market at a guide price of £2.25 million with agents Cairds Ltd in Epsom (01372 743033).

‘This is one of the finest houses I’ve ever come across,’ says Simon Caird from Cairds. ‘You could remove the flats and turn Hylands back into one house situated in its spacious three-quarter acre garden.’

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